Law-abiding, patriotic and concerned citizens of this country do not need a lecture on our geography and the sacrifice for our freedom.
For the remainder, which is by far more than our government admits, could care less so long as their non-contributing efforts remain status quo.
However, the country of Denmark is a different story. Most people in America know very little about this northern European nation. I decided to do a little research after Bernie Sanders said Denmark is a nation we should emulate. This really got my attention. Mr. Sanders seems to believe that he has discovered shangri-la on this earth.
Denmark is a kingdom governed by a constitutional monarchy with a representative parliamentary system. Some parliamentarians call it a form of socialism.
“The Danes enjoy a high standard of living and the country ranks highly in some metrics of national performance, including education, health care, protection of civil liberties, democratic governance, prosperity and human development. It has one of the world’s highest per-capita income(s).”
All this is great and if this were the end of the story, it would give Mr. Sanders genius status.
Here is the rest of the story. Mr. Sanders fails to admit that the Danes pay the world’s highest personal income tax. Nor does he mention that the Danes pay $583 per person for defense spending, while U.S. citizens pay $1,187 per person. This amounts to an additional $196 billion that this country could spend on education, health care, welfare and all the thrills and frills that Denmark enjoys.
The problem with this lofty living standard is the Danes cannot defend their false freedom. When the bully nation comes calling, they don’t have sufficient defense and they’re stomped on like a potato bug. There alternative is to raise the white flag and wait for the good ol’ USA to spill its blood so they can return to their world-class Camelot lifestyle. Some of us remember World War II.
It would be nice to send our young people to school indefinitely and provide for everyone’s leisure, but I am not willing to substitute this “gimmie” standard of living for my freedom and liberty. It seems that the word sacrifice has left the dictionary.